Behind the Scenes: Brookline’s Pill Hill
On the Brookline project house street, the doctors are in
Our Mid-century Modern project house is located in Pill Hill, one of the Town of Brookline’s seven local historic districts.
With the town situated just four miles from the center of Boston, Brookline became a streetcar suburb of Boston in the mid-1800s.
Pill Hill’s name reflects the fact that many medical professionals chose to live in this area because of its proximity to Boston’s hospitals and medical schools, many of which have been located in the Longwood medical area of Brookline since the early 1900s. Pill Hill includes many houses built between 1870 and 1930, in styles such as Victorian, English Cottage, Colonial Revival, and Greek Revival.
Pill Hill was also home to The Free Hospital for Women, established in 1875 as one of the first hospitals for women, later becoming part of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Pill Hill’s attraction for medical professionals certainly continues today: Both homeowners of the Mid-century Modern House are doctors, and architect Linda Hamlin reports that of the seven houses on the street, three include medical professionals!